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Feb
18

Victory Prima Pils

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I like the sound of back to back Victories. So after yesterday’s Victory Golden Monkey, I’m going for a Victory Prima Pils.

The Prima Pils is a pilsner for hop heads. If you have any doubt, you need only look to the label — it gets right to the point with a huge hop as the focal point.

I have a beautiful pilsner glass that was handed down to my wife and me by my father-in-law. But my taste tends to pull me toward ales, and I rarely ever drink a pilsner, so here was a great opportunity to fill up that fantastic V-shaped vessel.

The “Brewmasters of Victory”, Bill and Ron, include a note on the label reading:

“Prima! An exclamation of joy. A recognition of accomplishment. Thought it’s spoken in German, it’s felt in all languages. It’s what escaped from our lips as we sampled the first brew of this mighty Pilsner beer. Though we’d been through a few in our years with other breweries, finally, with whole flower European hops and fine German malts we had achieved what we’d sought for so long. Prima… an exclamation of Victory! Prost!”

I’m a sucker for a good story, and the idea of these brewmasters laboring for years to achieve their ideal Pilsner appealed to some Platonic aesthetic deep within me.

Would this beer teach me to appreciate Pilsners? Or would it simply teach me to appreciate my oft-neglected pilsner glass, with its sailboat etching?

Having nearly finished the 12 ounce bottle, I am happy to report a new-found love of both beer and glassware.

The pilsner malt is strong on the nose, but there’s also a fair amount of hop in the aroma. Likewise in the taste — this isn’t an incredibly bitter beer, but the hops and malt are well matched and hold each other accountable for a crisp and robust flavor. Who says ales have more fun?

From the Victory website:

Heaps of hops give this pale lager a bracing, herbal bite over layers of soft and smooth malt flavor. This refreshing combination of tastes makes Prima a classy quencher in the tradition of the great pilsners of Europe. Dry and delightful, this is an elegant beer.

Classy quencher indeed. I just finished my primero Prima and am already craving the forbidden second.

Something tells me I’ll be getting more use out of my pilsner glass soon.

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